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Former House candidate from OC sentenced

Tan Nguyen, a former Orange County Republican congressional candidate, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

February 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A former Orange County Republican congressional candidate was sentenced on Monday to one year and one day in prison and six months in a halfway house.

Tan Nguyen was convicted in December of obstruction of justice in an investigation of a mailer he sent to Latino voters in 2006. The mailer claimed it was illegal for immigrants to vote.

The controversy about the letter erupted three weeks before the Nov. 2, 2006, election. Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez beat Nguyen by nearly 24 percentage points to earn her sixth term representing the central Orange County district, which is home to sizable Latino and Vietnamese-American communities.

Nguyen will start serving his prison term March 28.

He had faced a maximum of 20 years behind bars.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.